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Looking for a Fun Challenge? Join the 2018 Bourbon Chase Team, October 12-13, 2018


Looking for a fun challenge? Join the 2018 Bourbon Chase Team, October 12-13, 2018

By Christopher Hickey, LMS EVP/CEO

LMS is recruiting runners for our 2018 Bourbon Chase Team. The race is October 12-13, 2018. This is open to all LMS members from medical students and physicians and their spouses of all ages who can run at least a 10:30 mile pace over a 10KM distance. LMS Bourbon Chase runners need only to provide their energy and enthusiasm. LMS covers the registration fees, van rentals, hotel rooms, provides all the night running equipment (lights and vests) team shirts, and lots of water, Gatorade, and snacks. LMS will host a team dinner prior to the race to thoroughly brief the team and get the required race paperwork completed.

What is the Bourbon Chase? It is a 203-mile team relay race starting at the Jim Bean Distillery in Clermont and ending about 32 hours later in downtown Lexington. A team consist of 12 runners divided into two large rental vans. Our team will be assigned a start time, I anticipate about 9:00 am on Friday, October 12th and should complete the race about 6p.m. on Saturday, October 13th. The Bourbon Chase assigns team start times based on their average team mile pace time. The slower teams start earlier. Each van will run six legs of about 5-6 miles each before handing off to the other van. While one van is running, the other van leaps ahead six legs to the van transition point. During the van’s off time, runners can tour the various bourbon distilleries, eat and rest. The vans will alternate over six running segments of about 34 miles each, each van running 3 segments, for a total of 36 legs. A typical runner will run about 6 miles, 3 times over the course of the race.

The 2017 LMS Bourbon Chase Team at the start point, Jim Beam Distillery, Clermont, Kentucky

The chart below, from last year’s race, show how the running assignments are rated according to leg difficulty and distance. LMS will tailor the runner leg assignments based on the runner’s ability.

The most difficult leg assignment has the runner running a total of 21.7 miles over two difficult and one moderate legs. The least difficult assignment has the runner running a total of 12.1 miles over two easy and one moderate legs. The team captain will assign the runner leg assignments based on their average mile pace time and running experience level. Our team last year consisted of male and female runners ranging from 24 to 70 years old. The team had U.K. medical students, a U.K. resident, and active physicians. Our runners’ experience level ranged from runners who had never run a competitive race before to runners who had competed in 10KMs, half marathons, marathons, and triathlons. The Bourbon Chase course is well marked, each van has a course book with printed leg maps, and there is GPS leg smart phone app that makes it easy to navigate the van from leg to leg.

The Bourbon Chase has an overall fun, festive, and community spirit atmosphere among the runners. There are teams that are super competitive, but most are like our team and strive to have fun while completing a significant physical challenge.

2017 LMS Bourbon Chase Team Dressed for Night Running

The small Kentucky towns we run through are friendly and supportive of the runners. The town of Stanford, where our runners will reach in the middle of the night, opens its community center, offers free refreshments, and lots of encouragement. LMS has secured hotel rooms in Danville and Lawrenceburg where our runners can take a shower, rest, and eat.

Let us know if you are interested in being part of our team. The sooner you let us know the better. We keep an alternate list of runners in case you drop due to injury, work, or school issues. Last year, everyone on the alternate list was able to participate. Please contact me at email-link or (859) 278-0569 if you want more information about the race or want to join the team.


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